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Cardiac Catheterization (Diagnostic and Interventional)

Follow my heart program
            developed by doctors at Children's National
Children’s National is an innovator in pediatric cardiac care and corrective cardiac surgeries.

Specialists in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab of Children’s National Heart Institute are leading advances in the use of catheterization as a diagnostic as well as a minimally invasive interventional procedure.

When your child has a heart condition, a catheter allows a doctor to visualize the heart’s structures and determine the precise location of the problem. Initially a diagnostic procedure, cardiac catheterization has evolved into an interventional treatment. For many patients, the procedure eliminates the need for open-heart surgery.

Children’s performs more than 500 cardiac catheterizations each year. Currently almost two thirds of all cardiac catheterization procedures performed at Children’s National involve a therapeutic intervention. This means less recovery time and less stress on the family.

Children’s National offers all cardiac catheterization treatment options that are currently available in the United States, including:

• Medtronic© Melody™ transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement therapy
• Amplatzer© family of septal occluders
• Gore Helex© septal occluder
• Amplatzer© PDA occluder device

Cardiac catheterization is used to treat conditions such as:
Pulmonary stenosis (narrowing in an artery)
Atrial septal defects (a hole in the heart)
Patent ductus arteriosus (a problem with the heart’s arteries)
Pulmonary artresia (a heart complication in newborns)
• Renal (kidney) artery abnormalities
• Vascular abnormalities of the lungs, liver, and lower extremities
The team can create custom catheter-based treatments for patients with special needs and high-risk cardiac complications.

Children’s National participates in the IMPACT Registry (Improving Pediatric and Adult Congenital Treatment), which aims to improve outcomes of catheter-based therapies by collecting and analyzing data nationally. 

Read letter from parents in the Parent Letter
                        ProjectThe Parent’s Letter Project
We recognize that when a child is ill, the entire family is affected. Children’s National created the Parent’s Letter Project for parents to help support each other by sharing their stories. Read letters from parents of children with heart conditions and a shared experience at Children’s National.

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